Shell had one of its consultants resign on Monday, accusing the oil giant of causing “extreme harms” to the environment.
Caroline Dennett worked as a safety consultant for Shell for 11 years. However, she says she decided to quit after it became clear the company was “disregarding climate change risks.”
Dennett sent an email to more than 1000 Shell executives, accusing them of failing the planet by going against its pledge to cause “no harm” with its operations.
“Contrary to Shell’s public expressions around Net Zero, and as most of you will know from the inside, Shell is not winding down oil and gas, but planning to explore and extract much more,” she wrote.
“Continued oil & gas extraction is causing extreme harm [to the planet].”
Dennett began working with Shell after the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon spill.
However, her views on the oil industry have taken a turn since then.
“I can no longer work for a company that ignores all the alarms and dismisses the risks of climate change,” she said.
Shell’s response was bleak but reinforced the company was “on target be a net-zero company by 2050.”
“We’re already investing billions of dollars in low-carbon energy,” Shell said. “Although the world will still need oil and gas for decades to come in sectors that can’t be easily decarbonised.”